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Weird Al Yancovic drops 'Mandatory Fun' album

"Weird Al " Yankovic clowns around with the award he won for best comedy album for "Poodle Hat," at the 46th Grammy Awards show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004. Credit: Los Angeles Times / Lawrence K. Ho

Fans of Weird Al Yankovic might have thought the world had come to an end because it's been three years since his last album, "Alpocalypse," came out.

Come Tuesday, the lacerator of lyrics returns with "Mandatory Fun," a new disc featuring parodies of 12 current songs. (Let's hope "Word Crimes" is a spoof on "Blurred Lines." And maybe "Tacky" is a takeoff on "Happy.")

He also has eight music videos in the works. Time will tell if they can top these five:


"I Lost on 'Jeopardy!'" (1984)

PARODY OF The Greg Kihn Band's "Jeopardy"

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THE VIDEO Poor Weird Al bombs in every category, from Potpourri to Famous Accordion Players, in this hilarious spoof of the pre-Alex Trebek "Jeopardy!" Adding to the fun are original host Art Fleming, who doesn't hide his disdain for Al, and announcer Don Pardo, who relishes telling Al that he won't be receiving a case of Turtle Wax.

MEMORABLE LINE "I was there to match my intellect on national TV. Against a plumber, oh, and an architect, both with a PhD."


"Eat It" (1984)

PARODY OF Michael Jackson's "Beat It"

THE VIDEO Weird Al got every detail right -- including his dorky dancing -- playing a super-fussy eater in this tasty re-creation of the King of Pop's "Beat It" video.

MEMORABLE LINE "Have some more yogurt, have some more spam. It doesn't matter if it's fresh or it's canned."


"Like a Surgeon" (1985)

PARODY OF Madonna's "Like a Virgin"

THE VIDEO Weird Al as an inept surgeon had everyone in stitches, especially when he copied Madonna's writhing from her "Like a Virgin" video. Of course, Madonna wasn't wearing scrubs and posing on a gurney.

MEMORABLE LINE "It's a fact, I'm a quack."


"Smells Like Nirvana" (1992)

PARODY OF Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

THE VIDEO Grunge and Kurt Cobain's unintelligible screaming got spoofed in this video that featured a cow, a sheep, a janitor in a tutu and Dick Van Patten at a teen rally. Talk about nirvana!

MEMORABLE LINE "Here we are now, we're Nirvana. Sing distinctly? We don't wanna."


"Perform This Way" (2011)

PARODY OF Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"

THE VIDEO Weird Al came out of his shell, just as Gaga did at the 2011 Grammys, only he didn't end up with egg on his face. Gaga should have been taking notes on Weird Al's costumes, which ranged from a beehive to a jelly bean.

MEMORABLE LINE "Got my straitjacket today, it's made of gold lamé."

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